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El stinko on Cinco? Then don't drive

Tipsy Tow available to revelers on Mexico holiday

KINGMAN - Today is Cinco de Mayo and that means people who want to celebrate the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 might want to party.

The victory stands out because the Mexicans were outnumbered, out-trained, out-funded and out of their league when they beat the French for the first time in the six-year war.

But don't let their underdog victory put you in the doghouse by drinking and driving.

To help motorists avoid that no-win situation, AAA Arizona will provide Tipsy Tow from 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday.

"Many Cinco de Mayo celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, which can be deadly when driving is involved," said Linda Gorman, AAA Arizona's director of communications and public affairs.

"AAA urges everyone to celebrate responsibly by planning ahead to get home safely. If all else fails, call for a Tipsy Tow."

Bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts, drivers and passengers can call (800) 222-4357 to request a Tipsy Tow.

They will need to provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and location. There are rules. Tipsy Tow will not take you to another bar, for example, but it will take you, one passenger and your car up to 10 miles to your home or a motel.

Any trips longer than 10 miles will be charged the tow company's standard rate after the 10-mile limit.

According to AAA Arizona, more than 30,000 motorists in the state were arrested and charged with DUI in 2012. The average cost in legal fees, fines, penalties and increased insurance premiums was about $10,000.

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